I know few practitioners in France and even fewer that have a big experience in hosting World Café.
In the last World Café we did, we tried to use our Stormz digital technology in a way that it does not break the flow of the conversation. The idea is to use the technology as way to increase cross-pollinisation and help with global sharing.
For example, at the end of a discussion round, people were asked to share one (and only one) key idea about the previous conversation by using a Stormz activity called "Idea Blitz". These ideas are shared in real time on everyone's iPad. At the end of several discussion rounds we had enough ideas for the facilitators to detect "big directions". These "big directions" were used - in the harvest phase - in another Stormz activity "Cluster" where people were asked to move their own ideas into the most relevant directions. A great way to start a general discussion.
During the discussion round, we can also launch our "Pass the Idea" activity so that each table receive an idea from another table. We then ask them to use this idea as an inspiration for the conversation at the table.
These are a few ways to use Stormz in a World Café, but I am sure that by working with experienced practitioners we can invent many new ways to use the technology !
This was for an onsite workshop, but we also do a lot of online collaborative workshop with our customers. We have an integration with hangouts that rocks (Stormz for hangouts). But I must say I have never tried an online World Café. I would love to discuss that with you.
Hello Amy, thank you for the warm welcome. I am in love with literature and the lexicology aspect of language, my MA is in Communication Studies, which touched a lot on theory & New Media (Social Media). I just finished up a teaching internship at City College of San Francisco, so I am interested in enhancing the classroom conversation with an interdisciplinary approach, hence my interest in the inter-sectionality of literature, communication, and cultural diversity. A Skype or in person conversation would be great. I am looking forward to exploring the World Cafe community.
Thank you Amy, looking forward to exploring the site and learning more. Can you tell me anything about the the worldcafe.com site? It appears that the store for purchasing World Cafe resources is closed. I was interested in purchasing some resource guides. Thanks again - Linda J.
Hi Amy,Thanks for your nice message. I certainly am interested in contact with people in my geographical area!
I am currently designing an invitation to a workshop for women workers at the university where I work. I am looking for a nice little picture on symbol- something with represents communication and sharing in a (large) group. Do you have any suggestions?
Thank you for the warm welcome! I'm looking forward to learning more about the community and sharing our exciting news about the Institute. I'll browse around and ask for help if needed. Thanks again! Melissa Staging Change Institute
Yesterday I registered for the upcoming program : Hosting World Cafe: The Fundamentals Feb 27th - April 12th. My question is, how do I get access to the required pre-reading that was included in the cost of the program. Thanks Arturo
where we are building plans for training course provision other than face-to-face.
For the moment we have only made tests with remote audiences doe half day periods. If will be nice to do much longer sessions and mainly to use IT to provide what is most valuable in trainin, the interaction of the participants with the instructors.
Let me know how you are engaged in World Cafe. Sounds like you have rich history with this site. I'm very interested but concerned about time commitment as I am working full time - as are most, I imagine.
Hi Amy, thank you for the lovely welcome.. I am so happy to be a part of this community too. Having experienced the world cafe during the events Sofia has facilitated, it has jumped out as an amazing process fundamental to having authentic communications between people. Looking forward to getting more involved and learning lots! Warmest, Sylvana
Thanks for your welcoming note Amy and for the information provided. I have in fact now joined up with the Cafe UK and look forward to networking with them. We are aiming to have our First World Cafe later this month, so it's all go amidst much excitement.